We Are the 99%
The Occupy Wall Street movement named the core issue of our time: the overwhelming power of Wall Street and large corporations— something the political establishment and most media have long ignored.
But the movement goes far beyond this critique. This Changes Everything shows how the movement is shifting the way people view themselves and the world, the kind of society they believe is possible, and their own involvement in creating a society that works for the 99% rather than just the 1%.
Attempts to pigeonhole this decentralized, fast-evolving movement have led to confusion and misperception. In this volume, the editors of YES! Magazine bring together voices from inside and outside the protests to convey the issues, possibilities, and personalities associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
This book features contributions from Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, as well as Occupy activists who were there from the beginning, such as David Graeber, Marina Sitrin and Hena Ashraf. It offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement—and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future.
YES! Magazine is donating royalties from this book to support the Occupy Wall Street/99% movement.
Introduction: how Occupy Wall Street changes everything / Sarah van Gelder -- How Occupy Wall Street really got started / Andy Kroll -- Enacting the impossible: making decisions by consensus / David Graeber -- Principles of solidarity -- The chills of popular power: the first month of Occupy Wall Street / Marina Sitrin -- Claiming space for diversity at Occupy Wall Street / Hena Ashraf -- Declaration of the occupation of New York City -- No leaders, no violence: what diversity of tactics means for Occupy Wall Street / Nathan Schneider -- The most important thing in the world / Naomi Klein -- How inequality poisons society and equity benefits everyone : an interview with Richard Wilkinson / Brooke Jarvis -- Six ways to liberate main street from Wall Street / David Korten -- A fair tax system: three places to start / Chuck Collins -- How to create living-wage jobs that are good for the planet / Sarah van Gelder and Doug Pibel -- How to put the rights of people and nature over corporate rights / Thomas Linzey and Jeff Reifman -- Going to the streets to get things done / Ralph Nader -- The occupation of hope: letter to a dead man / Rebecca Solnit -- 10 ways to support the occupy movement / Sarah van Gelder